On Wednesday in Delaware, Biden said “Instead, American families across this country are paying the price for his failures and his administration’s failure”.
Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee, blamed President Donald Trump for schools’ struggles to open amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that if Trump had done his job, “Americans schools would be open and they’d be open safely.”
Biden’s speech followed a briefing he and his wife, Jill Biden, a long-time high school teacher and community college professor, attended with education and health experts in Wilmington.
Jill Biden this week launched a tour with virtual and in-person events focused on school openings.
Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is holding a virtual roundtable with Minnesota leaders Wednesday focused on the challenges of returning to school during the pandemic.
Biden called opening schools “a national emergency.”
Biden said accusing Trump of offering ‘nothing but failure and delusion’, “But President Trump still does not have any real plan to open our schools safety.”
The speech comes as Biden pushes a plan for schools in an effort to draw contrasts with Trump’s handling of the pandemic and its effect on families.
Biden said, “Mr. President, where are you? Where are you? Why are not you working on this job? Mr. President, that is your job.”
Adding that, he told “Get off Twitter and start talking to congressional leaders in the Oval Office, you always talk about your ability to negotiate. Negotiate a deal, a deal for somebody other than yourself.”
Biden has said local educations officials should decide when and how to open schools, and has called on Congress to pass emergency funding to help schools adapt for students return.